|Thomas Thwaites: How I built a toaster -- from scratch - TED.com|
It takes an entire civilization to build a toaster. Designer Thomas Thwaites found out the hard way, by attempting to build one from scratch: mining ore for steel, deriving plastic from oil ... it's frankly amazing he got as far as he got. A parable of our interconnected society, for designers and consumers alike.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDSalon London 2010; TED; Talks; design; entertainment; technology; 2010
|Rory Sutherland: Sweat the small stuff - TED.com|
It may seem that big problems require big solutions, but ad man Rory Sutherland says many flashy, expensive fixes are just obscuring better, simpler answers. To illustrate, he uses behavioral economics and hilarious examples.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; creativity; design; economics; engineering; politics; TEDSalon London 2010; 2010
|Martin Jacques: Understanding the rise of China - TED.com|
Speaking at a TED Salon in London, economist Martin Jacques asks: How do we in the West make sense of China and its phenomenal rise? The author of "When China Rules the World," he examines why the West often puzzles over the growing power of the Chinese economy, and offers three building blocks for understanding what China is and will become.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDSalon London 2010; TED; Talks; business; china; culture; economics; global issues; 2010
|Charles Leadbeater: Education innovation in the slums - TED.com|
Charles Leadbeater went looking for radical new forms of education -- and found them in the slums of Rio and Kibera, where some of the world's poorest kids are finding transformative new ways to learn. And this informal, disruptive new kind of school, he says, is what all schools need to become.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; education; global issues; innovation; TEDSalon London 2010; 2010
|Brian Cox: Why we need the explorers - TED.com|
In tough economic times, our exploratory science programs -- from space probes to the LHC -- are first to suffer budget cuts. Brian Cox explains how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; curiosity; economics; global issues; innovation; physics; science; space; TEDSalon London 2010; 2010
|Michael Pawlyn: Using nature's genius in architecture - TED.com|
How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDSalon London 2010; TED; Talks; architecture; arts; biomimicry; design; sustainability; 2010
|Noreena Hertz: How to use experts -- and when not to - TED.com|
We make important decisions every day -- and we often rely on experts to help us decide. But, says economist Noreena Hertz, relying too much on experts can be limiting and even dangerous. She calls for us to start democratizing expertise -- to listen not only to "surgeons and CEOs, but also to shop staff."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDSalon London 2010; TED; Talks; business; choice; culture; economics; 2010